SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka announced a new program Wednesday, aimed at educating and preparing community members for an active shooter situation. The program, Active Shooter Awareness and Preparedness (ASAP), is set to launch on the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting and is the result of numerous discussions among business leaders, houses of worship, and community members that took place over the past year. “We took a look at the ongoing efforts within our schools but realized that 42% of all active shooter situations take place in commercial areas,” said Chief Hayducka, who cited incidents such as the shootings at the Garden State Plaza Mall and the UPS facility.
The one-hour training program is designed to improve attendees’ situational awareness and response to an active shooter. According to Community Policing Division Lieutenant Gene Rickle, “By being aware of your surroundings and having a plan you are already ahead of most people. Doing nothing in an active shooter situation is not an option. The 60 minutes you spend in this program will provide you with an advantage when every second counts.”
The goal of the program is to train more than 5000 members of the community over the next 10 months.
A public presentation of the ASAP program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Crossroads North Middle School, located at 635 Georges Road, Monmouth Junction. Community members who wish to attend should email their name and number of attendees in their group to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the email should read YES - MARCH 12th.
Businesses, houses of worship, and organizations interested in arranging a presentation or anyone seeking more information about the program should email email@example.com with MORE INFO appearing in the subject line. All other inquiries should be directed to the South Brunswick Community Policing Division at (732) 329-4000 ext. 7459.